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16 September 2017 
Issue No: 50 

Response News 

Sir Martin Moore-Bick opens the 
Grenfell Tower Inquiry 

Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the Chair of the 
Grenfell Tower Inquiry, officially opened 
the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry on 
Thursday 14 September. The Inquiry will 
examine the circumstances leading up 
to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell 
Tower, establish the facts and will make 
recommendations on how to prevent 
a similar tragedy from happening again. 

The evidence that will be gathered 
for the Inquiry will include: 

• considering reports by the police, the 
fire brigade, safety experts and others 

• obtaining all relevant documents 
from whatever sources 

• contacting anyone who may have 
relevant information to give and who 
may be called as a witness. 

legislation, guidance and industry practice 
relating to the design, construction, 
equipping and management of high-rise 
residential buildings 

(d) whether such regulations, legislation, 
guidance and industry practice were 
complied with in the case of Grenfell 
Tower and the fire safety measures 
adopted in relation to it 

(e) the arrangements made by the 
local authority or other responsible 
bodies for receiving and acting upon 
information, either obtained from 
local residents or available from other 
sources (including information derived 
from fires in other buildings) relating 
to the risk of fire at Grenfell Tower, 
and the action taken in response to 
such information 

People who have been affected by 
the fire will be able to take part in the 
Inquiry, and if people think they have 
relevant documents or information they 
should make sure they are kept and 
made available to the Inquiry. A process 
for submitting evidence will be put on 
the Inquiry website in the near future. 

The Inquiry’s Terms of Reference are: 

1. To examine the circumstances 
surrounding the fire at Grenfell 
Tower on 14 June 2017, including: 

(a) the immediate cause or causes 
of the fire and the means by which it 
spread to the whole of the building 

(b) the design and construction of 
the building and the decisions relating 
to its modification, refurbishment 
and management 

(c) the scope and adequacy of building 
regulations, fire regulations and other 

(f) the fire prevention and fire safety 
measures in place at Grenfell Tower 
on 14 June 2017 

(g) the response of the London Fire 
Brigade to the fire 

(h) the response of central and local 
government in the days immediately 
following the fire 

2. To report its findings to the 
Prime Minister as soon as possible 
and to make recommendations. 

People can find out more on the Inquiry 
and download these documents online 


People can also contact the Inquiry 
team to submit evidence and find out 
more information by emailing contact@ or call 
020 7947 7837. The line is open 
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm. 


1 Sir Martin Moore-Bick opens 
the Grenfell Tower Inquiry 

2 Mental health support for 
pupils returning to school 

2 Things you should know 
about working with a lawyer 

2 Dusty for Grenfell 
fundraising concert 

2 Community day at the 
Bush Theatre 

2 Public health advice 

3 Pop-up clinics for mental 
health support 

3 Further emotional support 

3 Support for families 
and friends 

4 What help is on offer? 

4 Housing update 

4 Care for Grenfell team set 
up to support residents 

What is this newsletter for? 

This is the fiftieth edition of the 
Grenfell Response Team newsletter. 

The newsletter is also available 
in Arabic and Farsi languages. 

For regular updates please follow 
us on Twitter @grenfellsupport 

and on Facebook at facebook. 
com/grenfellsupport or visit 

Grenfell Response News 

16 September 2017 

Mental health 
support for pupils 

Mental health support is available 
for young people affected by the 
Grenfell Tower tragedy who have 
now returned to school. 

Headteachers will continue 
to run parent meetings and 
provide specialist support and 
advice for students, as well 
as providing other support 
resources for schools. 

Place2Be are working with local 
schools who have identified 
a need for some additional 
counselling and will be providing 
one-to-one support for students, 
teachers and families when 
pupils return to school. 

The Council’s online counselling 
service,, is also 
available to provide further support 
to pupils affected by the disaster. 

Further support is available 
through the Screen and Treat 
programme run by the NHS. 
More information can be found 
by calling 0800 0234 650. 

day at the 
Bush Theatre 

Families and the local community 
are invited to come to the 
Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, 
W12 8LJ to enjoy an afternoon 
of comedy, drama, dance, 
poetry and writing workshops, 
face painting, performances 
and much more. The day is 
taking place on Sunday 24 
September from 12 midday 
to 5pm, and is held by the 
Anti-Tribalism Movement 
in partnership with the 
Bush Theatre. 

Things you should know 
about working with a lawyer 

The Law Society has produced two leaflets for people affected by the 
Grenfell Tower fire to help explain issues around working with a lawyer. 

The information hopes to help answer questions people have asked about 
choosing and changing a lawyer as well as how you may be able to get 
free legal advice. 

The leaflets are being given out locally and are at The Curve or online at: 

People can get free, impartial, independent advice in the following ways: 

North Kensington 
Law Centre 

Unit 13, Baseline 
Studios, Whitchurch 
Road, W11 4AT 

Tel: 0208 969 7473 


07375 920 460) 


Citizens Advice 

2 Acklam Road, 
London, W10 5QZ 

Tel: 020 8962 3492 


07389 184 723) 

Inquest (particularly 
for the Public 

3rd floor, 89-93 
Fonthill Road, London, 
N4 3JH 

Tel: 020 7263 1111 

Email: inquest@ 

Dusty for Grenfell fundraising concert 

People are invited to The Bolton Pub, 326 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9BQ, 
on Saturday 14 October from 8pm to come and enjoy the songs of 
Dusty Springfield in aid of the Grenfell Tower Appeal. 

There is standing room and a limited number of tables available to reserve for 
the evening, and all proceeds and donations will go to the K&C Foundation’s 
Grenfell Tower Fund to help those directly affected and the community. 

People can turn up and enjoy the music, or if they want to reserve 
a table, or find out more about the evening, they can email or visit 

Public health advice 

PHE publishes weekly air quality reports online, which collect data from 
around the site of Grenfell Tower. These reports continue to show low levels 
of air pollution. The most recent report was published on 15 September. 

Dr Deborah Turbitt, health protection director for PHE in London, said: 

“The risk to people’s health from air pollution around the Grenfell Tower site 
continues to be low. No asbestos has been detected, levels of particulate 
matter remain low, and monitoring results for dioxins, furans, PCBs, and 
PAHs are equivalent to background levels for London.” 

The air quality reports can be found online along with further public 
health advice at 


Grenfell Response News 

16 September 2017 

Pop-up clinics 
for mental 
health support 

The NHS is offering daily pop-up 
clinics for families and children, 
seven days a week, so people can 
talk to a specialist about health 
issues and mental health support. 
All services are free and 
confidential for people to use. 

The sessions take place each 
day at the following locations: 

• Mondays, 3pm to 5pm 
at The Harrow Club, 

187 Freston Road, W10 6TH 

• Tuesdays, 3pm to 7pm 

at The Clement James Centre, 
95 Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ 

• Wednesdays, 4pm to 7.30pm 

at Kensington Leisure Centre, 
Silchester Road, W10 6EX 

• Thursdays, 4pm to 7.30pm 

at Latymer Community 
Church, 116 Bramley Road, 
W10 6SU 

• Fridays, 2pm to 4pm 

at The Muslim Cultural Heritage 
Centre, 244 Acklam Road, 

W10 5YG 

• Saturdays, 4pm to 7.30pm 

at Maxillla Community Space, 

4 Maxilla Walk, W10 6NQ 

• Sundays, 4pm to 7.30pm 
at Westway Sports Centre, 

1 Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP 

People can find out more 
information on these clinics at 



For further information people 
can call 0800 0234 650 or email 

The line is open 24 hours a day. 

Further emotional support 

There are lots of services available if you or someone you know is feeling 
traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire. 

Support for adults and young 
people over the phone 

• People who need an urgent 
mental health response can 
call the NHS 24-hour support 
line on 0800 0234 650 or email Please 
let the operator know you are 
calling as a result of the Grenfell 
Tower fire. 

• Adults and young people can 
also call the free Samaritans 
helpline on 116 123. The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

• People under 25 can call Childline 
any time on 0800 11 11 to talk to 
a trained counsellor any time, 
day or night. 

• CALM offers support to men, 

on 0808 802 58 58 or visit 

The line is open every day 
from 5pm to 12 midnight. 

Support for children with 
disabilities and learning 

• Full of Life Kensington and 
Chelsea is providing outreach 
counselling to parents of 
children with disabilities. 


for more information. 

Online support 

• is a free online 
counselling service for children 
aged 11 to 19. 

• provides health 
information for young people 
under the age of 25, including 
advice on coping with stress 
after a major incident. 

Support for families from Family Friends 

Family Friends are offering free practical and emotional support 
for families affected by the Grenfell tragedy. A reliable, trained and 
supervised volunteer will be matched to a family, who will provide three 
months of support in the family’s home. The programmes offer two hours 
of support each week, which are: 

Child Mentoring 

Young people aged 5 to 16 to have fun, enjoy days out, get academic 
support and discover new hobbies in a programme that is tailor-made to 
their own needs. The volunteer can also provide assistance to parents 
and signpost them to more support if needed. 

Parent Befriending 

Parents of children aged up to 16 years old can receive support with 
moving to a new property, paperwork, applications for grants or signpost 
them to more support if needed. The volunteer can also give support 
around parenting and accompany family outings. 

People can find out more at emailing or calling 020 8960 9099. 


Grenfell Response News 

16 September 2017 

What help 
is on offer? 

Anyone who would like to speak 
to the police in relation to the 
investigation into the fire are 
asked to contact the Met Police 

on 0800 032 4539. 

Other important contacts 

Bereavement support 

Call the Freephone helpline 

on 0808 808 1677 or email 

The line is open 24 hours a day. 

Replacement UK passports, 
visas or immigration queries 

Call our advice line on 0300 222 
0000. The line is open 24 hours. 

Air quality and smoke exposure 

If you have concerns about 
any symptoms, please see 
your doctor or call NHS 111. 

Housing support 

If you have any questions about 
housing or want to find out who 
your housing officer is please 
call 0800 137 111 or 
020 7361 3008. 

Victim support 

Call 0808 1689 111 for practical 
and emotional support, or visit The line 
is open 24 hours a day. 

The Grenfell Muslim Response 
Unit also offers additional 
support. Find out more by 
calling 020 3670 6004 or 

You can also get physical and 
mental support at the Grenfell 
Assistance Centre. Find out 
more by calling 07712 231 133. 

For regular updates 
please follow us on Twitter 

@grenfellsupport and on 
Facebook at 
grenfellsupport, or visit 

Housing update 

Finding housing solutions that work for everyone directly affected 
by the Grenfell Tower fire remains our absolute priority and we are 
working hard to achieve this, while making sure to work at the pace 
that each family or household feels comfortable with. 

So far, 170 offers have been made for temporary accommodation, 

64 offers have been accepted and 29 households have moved in. 

In addition to this, 43 offers of permanent accommodation have been 
made, and 27 of these offers have been accepted. 

Government has given commitments to help reassure families that: 

• their needs are paramount, 
all other considerations are 
secondary to these 

• their rent will not increase and 
the same terms and conditions 
of their previous home at 
Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk will 
be maintained 

• they will have lifetime security 
of tenure 

• they will not be forced to stay in 
temporary accommodation on a 
long-term basis 

• accepting an offer of temporary 
accommodation does not mean 
that they lose priority for a 
permanent home 

• no one has to accept a 
particular property and not 
accepting a property does 
not mean that they will be 
made intentionally homeless 

• temporary homes will be rent 
and utility bill free for 12 months 

• for some cases, if they like their 
temporary home, there is the 
potential for it to become their 
permanent home (this will be 
discussed when the home is 
offered to them). 

More information is available on the 
Housing line on 020 7361 3008 

Care for Grenfell team set up 
to support residents 

The Care for Grenfell team has been set up to talk to any residents 
that have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire who feel that their 
concerns or requests have not been fully answered. 

If people do have any questions or concerns that they feel haven’t been 
met, please call 020 7745 6414 or email 

The line is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

If people are calling outside of opening hours, they can provide their 
name and contact details and a member of the team will respond as 
soon as possible. 

If people need to speak to someone urgently about housing or need 
to get in touch with social services, they can call the housing line 
on 020 7361 3008 or the social services line on 020 7361 3013.